Feb. 7, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Behind 16 strong points from senior April Traylor, the Florida State women’s basketball team defeated Maryland 60-55 in ACC action, Thursday night at the Leon County Civic Center. FSU improved to 12-11 overall and 3-9 in the ACC while the Terrapins fell to 10-13 overall and 3-9 in league play.
“I’m really proud of the team and how they really worked to overcome adversity,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “I think the wall kept getting taller and taller that we were going to have to hurdle to come out with a win. That was a great basketball game and a great team effort on our team’s part and I’m just really proud of how they’ve handled things that have been very difficult for us as of late.”
After scoring the first two points of the half, the Seminoles fell behind 9-2, but FSU scored seven of the game’s next nine points to pull within two at 11-9 at the 10:21 mark. Maryland held onto the lead until the Tribe forced a tie at 17-17 and then went ahead 19-17 with just over five minutes remaining. The Terps, however, didn’t back down and regained the lead and went up, 25-20. The Seminoles’ team work, however, brought FSU back. Lakesha Springle hit a jumper and then Tasheika Morris, who led the team with 12 first-half points, made a free throw and then hit a three-pointer on FSU’s next possession to give the Seminoles a 26-25 lead. Florida State went into the locker room leading 28-27. FSU shot 35 percent in the first half but had an 18-15 edge on the boards over the Terrapins, who shot 40 percent for the half. FSU’s Springle, who stands at 5-3, led the team with six rebounds. Maryland was led by Deedee Warley’s eight points.
In the second half, Maryland scored first and regained the lead and held on to it until 3:44 left in the game. The Seminoles, though, who recorded 10 steals in the game and controlled the boards the entire contest, never let the Terrapins gain control of the game. Maryland pulled ahead by five twice in the first five minutes of the second half, but FSU didn’t panic and pulled to within five times before finally forcing a tie at 49-49 with 4:39 left. Then Traylor, who was an absolute warrior as she scored all of her game-high points in the final 20 minutes, hit a three-pointer at the 3:44 mark to give the Seminoles the lead for good. The Terps didn’t go down without a fight. After FSU took its largest lead at 56-51, Maryland scored four straight points to get within one, but Springle and Traylor hit free throws down the stretch for the win.
FSU shot a much-improved 44 percent in the second half for 40 percent for the game and went 18-for-22 from the charity stripe for 82 percent. Led by Morris’ game-high 10 rebounds, the Seminoles had a 33-29 advantage in rebounding. Morris recorded her third double-double of the year, adding 12 points to her effort. Springle snagged eight boards of her own. It was truly a team-effort as seven players scored at least six points for the Tribe.
Maryland was led by Renneika Razor, who had 13 points, while Jamecca Harrell grabbed six rebounds to lead the Terps.
FSU will host Wake Forest on Saturday, February 9th at 2 p.m. The annual women’s basketball alumni game will follow. Nearly 20 women’s basketball alumni are returning to Tallahassee for the festivities.